Joey M. Smith Joey Smith, bassist, guitarist and arranger, has spent the greater part of his life as a professional musician and has worked with many unique and well-known talents. A faculty member in the Jazz Studies Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 2004, he brings a wealth of varied experience to his students for whom he teaches bass along with jazz arranging and composition, and directs student combo groups.
A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, he completed his Bachelors degree at the University of East Tennessee in Chattanooga.
In 1985, he worked and recorded as bassist with guitarist Kenneth Ray “Thumbs” Carllile and Herby Wallace on pedal steel guitar; then went on to play bass for two-and-a-half years, from 1985 through 1987 with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, also writing arrangements for the group. Joey was married in Victoria and moved to Rochester, New York to attend the Eastman School of Music where, in 1990, he graduated with a Masters in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media.
Following his graduation in 1990, he and his wife returned to Victoria and Joey has spent the years since, playing guitar and bass, and occasionally, tuba, with numerous local groups. He has also been called upon as a “pick-up” for Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd and Rosemary Clooney, to name a few. He currently records and tours with Marc Atkinson (trio & quartet) , the Karel Roessingh Trio, Brishen (featuring Quinn Bachand) and the CanUS trad jazz band along with many other groups in town.
Joey has written numerous arrangements for such groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony, also arranging some of the music for the Commonwealth Games in 1994. Currently, several of his arrangements appear on The Bill’s and The Marc Atkinson Trio’s latest CDs.
Don is a Drummer/Percussionist who enjoyed being able to keep himself employed in the music world since he won first place at a drumming competition at the Canadian International Band Festival in 1956.
He was a member of the prestigious RCAF band in Toronto where he fine tuned his skills that led him to become the "Pops" drummer with the Winnipeg Symphony and set-drummer with the Manitoba Theatre Center for 20 years. He has recorded over 50+ record albums with various artists and also taped over 600+ TV shows for CTV/CBC/ITV and the Global networks.
After several years of tutelage from Victoria's finest guitarists Ron Forbes-Roberts and the now infamous Marc Atkinson, Devon became a full-time professional performer and teacher of music.
He has founded and fronted The Stomp Club, The Original Stomp Club, The House Band and the Devon McCagherty Trio.
He is presently playing in some of Victoria's most successful groups, including Casey Ryder & Twango, The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra and Gene Hardy & the Pipsqueak Orchestra.
Devon can also, on occasion, can be found of playing with the Flying Saucers,the Belvedere Broadcasters which is an eleven-piece '20s orchestra, and CanUs Hot Jazz Band which are renowned on the American jazz festival circuit.
Calvin has played Namaste Friday morning music as a regular member of the band since 1998.
Calvin has toured extensively, as a solo musician and with various bands and theatre companies, in Russia, Europe, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, and from coast to coast to coast across Canada.
He fiddled his way from Moose Jaw to Moscow with the Canadian folk music institution Stringband, including performances in Belarus, Boston and Baker Lake.
Calvin’s wildly popular band, The Romaniacs was non-stop tongue in cheek polka party that performed their brand of “ethno fusion” at every major folk music festival in Canada. His latest project, The Celtic Fringe, is an exciting blend of Celtic, Gypsy and Cuban traditions.
His love of music and teaching fiddle takes Calvin to music festivals and fiddling workshops regularly. He currently lives in Victoria where he performs regularly in a duo with Paul O’Brien at the Irish Times.